Private/Semi Private Lesson

Piano

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From Classical to rock, Disney songs to jazz standards -  whether you are playing music for fun or preparing for national exams - our teachers are full and appropriately trained, equipped, and qualified to hone your musical skills to the next level.

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Violin

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Our violin lessons are designed for students of all skill levels even if you have had absolutely no prior musical training.  With our teachers, your will experience a new way of learning violin which will take you from learning the basic postures and the proper way to hold the instrument to performing a beautiful piece on stage in a few short months.   

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Ukulele

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Dr. Lai learned the ukulele while studying for her PhD in music at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. For her, the ukulele is a fun and meditative instrument that reveals the creativity of life. Starting with the delicacy of string touching, Dr. Lai leads students to explore the diverse quality of sound. Skills building includes chord strumming, fingerpicking styles, music theory, solfège singing, score reading, and music appreciation.

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Voice

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If you are a parent thinking of having your child  learn to play musical instruments, consider  harnessing your child's natural, biological instrument - the singing voice.  Singing enhances good health, as the very act of singing encourages the release of endorphine, the body's natural pain killers and mood enhancers.  Singing is an excellent way to develop proper breathing, posture, pulse, pitch, rhythm, and other qualities vital to successfully learning other instruments. Lastly, voice coaching is a direct pathway to developing proper public speaking and performance techniques which the student can deploy in his or her personal and professional lives.

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Theory/Exam Prep

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Gain a comprehensive insight into the fundamental notions of music theory: music notation, rules of harmony, ear training, etc. Our theory lessons cover most of the topics needed to understand and develop your musical skills - all with your personal favorite music.

 The main purpose of the course, however, is to explore basic music theory so thoroughly that the interested student will then be able to easily pick up whatever further theory is needed or desired. Music history and the physics of sound are included to the extent that they shed light on music theory.  

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Chinese Guzheng 古箏

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Playing guzheng (or harp) is a poetic way of experiencing traditional and modern Chinese aesthetics. In this course, Taiwanese native Dr. Lai integrates the appreciation of poetry and literature to enhance students’ musicality. Students learn Chinese and Western tunes, guzheng techniques, music theory, solfège singing, rhythmic and ear training. 

 

Dr. Y. Jay Lai: PhD in music at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Dr. Lai performed across Asia, Europe, and the US. She was also nominated for a Golden Melody Awards (金曲獎), a Taiwanese Grammy.

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